Elizabeth Melton Parsons


Tomato Hornworm Morphs into Hawk Moth


Just thought I’d expand on my last post and show what that creepy fat green worm will morph into.

tomato horn worm

tomato hornworm

Manduca_sexta - Moth

Manduca_sexta – Moth

 Hawk Moth

Hawk Moth


Moth Photo Credit: Armin Hinterwirth, University of Washington, Dept. of Biology, Daniel Lab

“Courtesy: National Science Foundation”

Hornworm Photo Credits:  Elizabeth Melton Parsons


Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2018. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

12 thoughts on “Tomato Hornworm Morphs into Hawk Moth

  1. Love these! I like the moths on the black background, Elizabeth.


  2. More than meets the eyes each form of this creature is.



    Oh, btw, thanks for your information. I gave you a shout out on Hot Lard.


  4. Still creepy!!! I’m probably the only person who doesn’t like moths/butterflies (except from far away). Close up, they are still creepy crawly bugs haha


  5. When my children were young ( they are now in their thirties) I attempted a garden in the desert. I couldn’t concentrate on it like i should with four little ones running around so the tomato worms took over. Rather than feel bad, I pick a bunch of the tomato plants with the worms and out them into an aquarium.. We got to watch how fast they can eat a plant. AND how big they can get. It was a fun project for all of us. Just sayin’. If you can’t get the tomato, take the tomato worm! 🙂


  6. That is actually a tobacco hornworm on a tomato plant. A tomato hornworm has chevrons along its sides rather than stripes.


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